Dual-Degree BS in Health Science Studies/MHS Physician Assistant

Program Contact: Laurie Seeger 203-582-3882

This entry-level dual-degree Physician Assistant program leading to a Bachelor of Health Science Studies and Master of Health Science is divided into a 4-year preprofessional component and a 27-month professional component. 

The preprofessional component provides students with a well-rounded education and a strong focus in biological and health science studies. This very structured and organized undergraduate program not only prepares students for the rigors of the professional component of the program, but also introduces students to the role and responsibilities of physician assistants as well as the six competencies for the physician assistant profession. The program addresses the need for medical experience by providing students with emergency medical technician (EMT) training (PY 388/PY 389) as well as extensive time shadowing practicing physician assistants (PY 397). EMT ride time and preclinical experiences take place at off-campus sites, and students are responsible for transportation to and from all off-campus sites beginning in the sophomore year. In addition, students must meet specific program health and immunization requirements for participation in the preclinical experiences. Program costs associated with the preclinical affiliations and EMT course, including uniform, parking, certification exam, health requirements documentation, background check and additional program fees are the responsibility of the student.